I have spent the last couple of days looking through Flickr groups for pictures of flat roofed pubs. There are very few pictures of them, but most people will know what they are. A better term might be ‘estate pubs’ or ‘local pubs’: built in the 60s and 70s on housing estates or shopping malls in a utilitarian style to support the local drinkers, they are often unlovely and unloved, as are the people in them.
There is an adage about them, that I can’t find a reference for by Googling: ‘never drink in a flat roofed pub, or in a pub under a block of flats’, which is right, oh, 90% of the time. Wetherspoons, many of which would fit the criteria, being converted shops and the like, vary: some are estate pubs and others have transcended their locations to become decent bars. Another recent trend has been the transformation of estate pubs into real ale pubs, where otherwise ailing businesses have been rescued and in some cases converted into CAMRA award winners either out of economic necessity or because they have been picked up by enthusiasts ho have persuaded the pubcos to give it a go.
In short, it’s a bit of fun, but there might be some hidden gems. Or not.